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Old 01-31-2003, 01:36 AM
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Give me some ideas guys!

Where is your antenna mounted on your CC?

What type on mount (Rail, Swivel, Fixed, Ratchet)

Thanks!

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Old 01-31-2003, 03:43 AM
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Side of the console has worked for me using an 8 foot antenna and a standard VHF antenna mount for raising and lowering. I would not do a rail mount on the console if you have a cover. A potenial problem with the side mount is people using the antenna as a hand hold. I always make this point clear to guests, "grab this antenna and you're overboard".

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Old 01-31-2003, 04:56 AM
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18' center console with older s/s T-top. (2) s/s ratchet/rail mount on either side of top.
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Old 01-31-2003, 06:34 AM
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I used a SS mount on the port gunwhale. The mount is right beside the console so I can raise/lower the antenna easily. I have a 8ft antenna as well.

I thought about side of console like Montauk Joe. In addition to Joe's concern about grabbing it, I need to have my bimini up on some of those hot summer days. So that ruled out side of console.

So think about all of the other things that might get in the way (biminis, livewell lids, etc). And think about how you store the boat (no rail mount with console cover was a good point).
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I stay nearshore and usually inshore so I mounted a 4' stainless steel Shakespeare on the side of the console as far up as I could. I used the Shakespeare 5215 model antenna which comes with an L bracket mount that works perfect for the side of the console. It is not nearly as heavy duty as the ratchet mounts but I' don't need a heavy duty mount. Just make sure you bolt it on with lock nuts. I had to drill about a 1in hole directly below the mount for the cable and connector to pass through. I covered the hole with a small stainless steel clamshell that lets the cable pass through and keeps spray and rain out. It looks very neat.
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My Scout 185SF with T-top has a stainless ratchet mount supporting an 8 ft Shakespeare 5225 Galaxy antenna and a plastic ratchet mount supporting my Garmin GPS antenna on a 12 inch extender to keep the antenna out of the beam of theb Furuno 1622 radar set.
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Old 01-31-2003, 10:51 AM
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Is that a Pro-Line, If so I would use a rail mount and drill a small hole in the rail just below the mount, place a rubber grommet in the hole and feed the coax through the rail. drill second hole at base of rail insert rubber grommet and feed cable out of hole. then drill hole into compartment of CC and use a thru deck fitting to feed coax into compartment. this will make for a nice clean install and you will not have any exposed cable or cable ties to get in your way
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Old 01-31-2003, 07:31 PM
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Thanks to all who took the time to reply. Taking into consideration the bimini top and things like bait wells, etc. is excellent advice. It may seem like common sense, but with snow covering the boat
It's easy to forget things!

tpp517 : Your correct! Good eye even with a blurry picture. It is a Proline 17-foot Sport.

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I used a ss rail mount and a 36" sailboat antenna on my windshield rail before I put on my t-top.
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Old 02-01-2003, 09:19 PM
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Boat Guy,
Here is a photo of my Scout 175SF with a Shakespeare 3' VHF 3db whip antenea on a SS Rail Mount. It folds down and snaps into a slot in the rod holder on the right side of the console...Out of the way if needed (flyfishing, etc.)...Very compact and a clean way to mount....Good Luck

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Riflyfisher:

Thanks for taking the time to post the picture. They do help. That is a very neat installation. From the description tpp517 gave me I think this would be a similar installation to the one he gave.

tpp517, am I correct?

Montauk Joe also posted a picture (beautiful boat!) and at first I laughed when he said "grab this antenna and you're overboard". But I'm starting to think this may be a real concern.

I am hoping the Boat Show at the Nassau Coliseum has some good deals on electronics.

Any other suggestions and pictures, please post them!

Thanks again

BoatGuy

PS to seadog27: I looked very long and hard at the Sea Hunt. The dealer around the Islip area wanted $19,266 for a Triton 172 CC with a 115 Yamaha 4 stroke. Then he wanted $800 Freight and Prep and another $1100 for a trailer: Total: $21,166.

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